Toronto FC: Looking for Help in a BIG way

Brad KellyContributor IJune 29, 2008

Toronto FC was battered and beaten once again on the road, dropping to a 6-4-3 record this season. Toronto was defeated by the New England Revolution 2-1 Saturday evening with the only bright spot of the performance coming from the Revolution's Steve Ralston who netted two goals in the match.

FC came out hard in the first 15 minutes of the match only to be scored on in the twelfth minute by Ralston who popped in a rebound from Adam Cristman's header. Toronto was well-beaten in a match where they struggled to retain possession with stars such as Laurent Robert, Marvel Wynne and Armondo Guevara providing many costly turnovers in the match.

In the 59th minute Ralston banged in another rebound for his second of the night and sixth in 16 games this year for New England. Toronto did provide some history as Mo Adu headed home FC's first ever goal at Gillette Stadium in the 78th minute; although, that wouldn't prove to help much as Toronto went on to concede defeat for the fourth time this year.

Toronto FC is still unbeaten in eight games at home this season but they have had no such success on the road and with the mid-season transfer table soon to open up talks of improvement have begun.

FC are now in talks with Scottish international and Manchester City Forward Paul Dickov. Thirty-five year old Dickov has had a yo-yoing career to say the least but he's always a player who takes the pitch to give a 100% effort. Spending the 2006-2007 season struggling through injury, Dickov has defied naysayers in 2008 with a successful loan at Blackpool.

He said: "It's been a new lease of life joining Blackpool and it's great for me. I know people go on about my age and I know before I came here there were a lot of clubs that looked at me and maybe thought my legs had gone. I like to think I'm proving quite a few people wrong about that."

Dickov has had a successful career wherever he has played for the most part. He's been capped with clubs such as Arsenal where he had 4 goals in 15 appearances, Leicester City where he saw the pitch 81 times and potted 32 goals, he scored 14 times in 44 appearances with Blackburn Rovers.

Most recently he had six goals in seven appearances for Blackpool and he has proved to be a seasoned vet by scoring 35 times while wearing the City Blues where he played in 117 matches. Paul Dickov is getting much deserved interest from Toronto FC who could use a high scoring, hard working vetern such as Dickov.

Dickov is not the only name being tossed around in Toronto as the speculation of Sunderland teammates Ross Wallace and Liam Miller echo loud. Both midfielders, Wallace and Miller are believed to be out of favor at Sunderland and FC is believed to be looking to them to strengthen their bench and the middle of the park. 

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